The Official Top 40 best-selling vinyl albums of 2020

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After A Record Breaking Year For Sales On Vinyl Here Are The UK’s Top Selling Albums Of 2020

Vinyl Record sales rocketed in 2020 with it being the best year in three decades. In the UK it climbed for the 13th consecutive year and saw classic albums enjoy success on the popular format. During a difficult year fans turned to music and sales of vinyl jumped by over a tenth (11.5%) year-on-year to almost 5 million (4.8m), the BPI reports.

Independent record stores also saw support this year with campaigns such as #Loverecordstores and the Official Charts Official Indie Record Store Finder. Both of which encouraged people to buy online during lockdowns. 

The biggest vinyl album release in 2020 was Kylie Minogue’s ‘DISCO’, selling 21,500 units since its release in November. A staggering 13,500 of those were in its first week of release, where it debuted at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart. The release made Kylie Minogue the first female artist to score a UK Number 1 in five consecutive decades. 

Topping the overall end-of-year vinyl album chart is Fleetwood Mac’s classic ‘Rumours’, a record released in 1977. It still remains a popular choice on vinyl and is regularly featured in the weekly Official Vinyl Albums Chart Top 40. This year ‘Rumours’ sold 32,500 copies in the UK this year alone. 

Other releases that performed well on wax were AC\DC’s ‘Power Up’, Arctic MonkeysLive At The Royal Albert Hall and IDLES‘Ultra Mono’

The top 40 are as follows (In order):

Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

Oasis – What’s The Story Morning Glory

Amy Winehouse – Back To Black

Nirvana – Nevermind

Harry Styles – Fine Line

Kylie Minogue – Disco

Queen – Greatest Hits

AC\DC – Power Up

Arctic Monkeys – Live At The Albert Hall

IDLES – Ultra Mono

Liam Gallagher – MTV Unplugged

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Legend

Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon

Billie Eilish – When We Fall Asleep Where Do We Go

The Beatles – Abbey Road

Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent

Fontaines D.C – A Hero’s Death

Lady Gaga – Chromatica

Bruce Springsteen – Letter To You

Gerry Cinnamon -The Bonny

The Stone Roses – Stone Roses

Taylor Swift – Folklore

Tame Impala – The Slow Rush

The Killers – Hot Fuss

David Bowie – Legacy

Biffy Clyro – A Celebration of Endings

Bob Dylan – Rough And Rowdy Ways

Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I Am

Oasis – Definitely Maybe

1975 – Notes On A Conditional Form

Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka

Joy Division – Closer

Arctic Monkeys – AM

Paul McCartney – III

Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia

Nirvana – Unplugged In New York

The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Abba – Gold (Greatest Hits)

Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

Doves – The Universal Want

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